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The Ministry of Ecclesiastical Affairs, Family and Gender Affairs hosts Men’s Week

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The Bureau of Gender Affairs, Ministry of Ecclesiastical Affairs, Family and Gender Affairs in collaboration with the Caribbean Male Action Network (CariMAN) Dominica Chapter, will celebrate International Men’s Day on Monday, November 19, 2018.

This globally celebrated day focuses on several dimensions including men’s and boy’s health, improving gender relations, promoting gender equality, and highlighting positive male role models. It recognizes the achievements and contributions of men to the community, family, marriage, and child care.

This year, the local theme is “Empowering Men to build resilient communities.” This year, the theme speaks to the importance of men as positive male role models and their contributions to the community and family as our country pushes forward to build a resilient nation.

Acting Director, Bureau of Gender Affairs, says “We are cognizant of the important role men play in achieving gender equality, reconciling work-family life and impacting the future of our children.  The Bureau of Gender Affairs continues to engage an inclusive approach to the promotion of gender equality, economic balance and growth and sustainable development.

More specifically we need to empower our younger men to become positive change agents.  Over the next year, we will undertake several male-centered initiatives to engage men and boys to create gender-equitable progress”.

Mrs. Helen Royer, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Ecclesiastical Affairs, Family and Gender Affairs, says “The role of men in the family has undergone many demographic, socio-economic and cultural transformations impacting the formation, stability and overall well-being of families However, men continue to be the key to sound family structures and without sound family structures we cannot build a resilient society. We want to continue to engage our men in healthy discourses, not only this week but in the long run, so that we can strive for gender equality and patiently attempt to remove the negative images and the stigma associated with men in our society.”

In observance of International Men’s Day, the Ministry of Ecclesiastical Affairs, Family and Gender Affairs in collaboration with the Caribbean Male Action Network (CariMAN) Dominica Chapter will be hosting MEN’S WEEK.

Men’s Week will feature ongoing radio programs and television programs, as well as a visit to the Bureau of Gender Affairs for Counselling from Monday to Wednesday, a Health Fair for Men, on Thursday, November 22, 2018 at the Government Headquarters (Ground Floor), and a panel Discussion under the theme “Empowering Men to Build Resilient Communities,” on Thursday, November 22, 2018 at 6:30 pm, at the University of the West Indies Auditorium, among others.

The Ministry of Ecclesiastical Affairs, Family and Gender Affairs encourages everyone to support Men’s Week and continue to recognize the critical role men can play in families, communities and country.

International Men’s Day (IMD) is an annual international event celebrated every year on the 19 of November. Inaugurated in 1992 on February by Thomas Oaster, Men’s Day was conceived one year earlier on 8 February 1991.  The project was re-initialised in 1999 in Trinidad and Tobago.

The objectives of celebrating an International Men’s Day, set out in “The Six Pillars of International Men’s Day”, include focusing on men’s and boys’ health, improving gender relations, promoting gender equality, and highlighting male role models.

It is an occasion to highlight discrimination against men and boys and to celebrate their achievements and contributions, in particular for their contributions to community, family, marriage, and child care.  The broader and ultimate aim of the event is to promote basic humanitarian values.  Today, International Men’s Day is celebrated in over 70 countries.